Star Conflict

Good
  • Impressive visuals across the environment, ships and weapons
  • A world full of content with multiple factions, missions and equipment to design your ship
Bad
  • A number of pay to win mechanics that require significant investment to skip the grind or acquire a clear PvP advantage
8.5

Star Conflict is a MMO experience that lets you to take control of your own starship and explore the vast depths of space while engaging in a wealth of PvP and PvE content. Originally launched in 2013 the Star Conflict experience has continued to expand with its free to play option in the space sandbox MMO genre available directly from their website or through the Steam platform.

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Star Conflict features clean 3D graphics with a galaxy that is set far into the future and approximately three thousand years since the first human settlors left Earth. With this passing of time the galaxy has changed from an uninhabited wasteland to a sprawling series of settlements that have also formed empires and bands of mercenaries. Things are quickly changing though with a recent discovery in the sector known as Sector 1337 with the ruins of a technologically advanced alien race being discovered. Obliterated by a strange pulsating anomaly the sector is void of life and the potential for technology riches sees many risking their lives for the opportunity.

This setting sees Star Conflict have an emphasis on large scale PvP battles against other players as you acquire wealth and upgrades but is also supported with PvE missions. Entering this world with a variety of ship types players can command interceptors, fighters, frigates and destroyers that each have their own benefits and purpose in the broader game world. While non combat ships do exist most players will find it hard to resist the vast array of weapons that include some truly mindboggling large scale weaponry.

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After you’ve created your account and loaded up the client you’ll be pleased to hear that there is no long tutorial to pass in Star Conflict thanks to the intuitive controls that are easy to learn but still provide enough room for players to grow in skill and give you enough influence over the result in PvP. From here players have a main campaign that is just shy of 50 missions that serve as an extended tutorial and give you an overview of the various game mechanics.

Along the way Star Conflict offers a number of faction and sub-faction encounters with their own back story, goals and bonuses to give you a sense of purpose in the vast game world. Main factions include the Empire, Federation and Jericho while you have second tiers like the UMC, Ellydium and Pirates. These faction bonuses include improved shield regeneration, better speed, increased experience, tougher hulls, improved damage and other similar benefits. Choosing a single faction doesn’t close the door on others though with players able to take on contracts (quests) from other factions. These contracts ultimately increase your reputation with these factions and open up additional gameplay options for players.

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If quests aren’t interesting enough for you then you can test yourself in the PvP modes or go on a co-op mission with some friends instead with Star Conflict which encourages you to create your own adventure with the sandbox fundamentals. Regardless of how you approach the game though you’ll gradually build experience and credits to spend on your skill tree and ship upgrades with all playstyles giving you a sense of progression. In terms of space simulation games you’ll find Star Conflict has it all and is packed full on content that only continues to expand, like the universe itself.

Summary:

  • Join a variety of factions and complete contracts for reputation to unlock their specialist weapons and spaceship upgrades.
  • Take part in PvP combat to earn credits and upgrade your ship as you acquire in game wealth from the new sector
  • Co-operative missions across the sector for expanded challenges with friends.
  • Fast paced strategic space combat combined with impressive environmental and weapon visuals.
  • Easy to learn core gameplay with a full galaxy of content to explore.

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Review Platform: PC

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Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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2 COMMENTS
  1. There is NO open world that you can explore. You can only do PvP matches, these take place in areas in space. There is no time to do any exploring. The game is also P2W.

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  2. I don’t know what people talk about but after the last patch there is a world to explore and actually its like EVE Online with gates, asteroids and many other objects you also have PvP skirmish and PvE. What really stand up in this game is when you play with Oculus DK2, its just amazing, no not amazing, its mind blowing, this has to be the best game when playing using DK2, waiting for EVE Valkyrie Try this instead:) Highly recommended

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